Nintendo Switch lands Doom and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
Bethesda, one of the first third-party publishers to pledge support for Nintendo's fledgling hybrid console with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has committed two new games to the Nintendo Switch via a Nintendo Direct: the lighting-fast shooter Doom, and the upcoming Nazi-blasting fun-fest that is Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Doom launches "this winter," while The New Colossus launches at some point in 2018, a good deal later than the game's October 27 launch on other platforms.
That Bethesda is committing to the Switch, even if its games won't appear on the platform until after they launch on the likes of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, is a major boon for Nintendo. Thus far, the most compelling games on the Switch have been made by Nintendo itself, including Arms, Splatoon 2, and the sublime The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Other major multi-platform ports are on the way, but are either older games like Rocket League, or sports and family games like FIFA 18 and Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.
Earlier this year, some developers spoke out about bringing their games to the Switch, claiming that a lack of processing power compared to the other consoles is hampering their efforts. However, sales of the Switch—which have reached over five million units— have made it one of the fastest-selling devices in the company's history. Stock remains sporadic at retailers, and despite competition from Nintendo's own upcoming Super Nintendo Classic Edition, the Switch will remains a hot ticket item for the holiday season.